Huge mural could adorn historic tram station wall

133811b'Scenesetter-The central tramway station at the top of the St Nicholas Gardens'Picture by Neil Silk'18/09/13
133811b'Scenesetter-The central tramway station at the top of the St Nicholas Gardens'Picture by Neil Silk'18/09/13
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A “gigantic” mural, depicting a family trip to Scarborough’s golden sands, could be painted on the walls of a tourist attraction in the town.

Proposals have been submitted to Scarborough Council to paint the bright design on the south wall of the Victorian tram, or cliff lift, station in St Nicholas Cliff.

As well as the mural, which would be designed in the style of a 1930s railway poster, the wall would be emblazoned with an advert for the tram.

Developers say the mural would have a “very positive” impact on the area, parts of which are described as “dark, depressing and ugly”.

However, formal objections have already been submitted from residents of nearby McBean Apartments, in St Nicholas Cliff, who have labelled the plans “obnoxious”.

“Words fail to express how much distress it will bring to people living at McBean Apartments,” warned resident Mrs Armstrong.

Others said that waking up to the yellow and blue painting would be “stressful”, and fellow complainant Patrick Thwaites said the image was “unwelcome”.

“This gaudy addition to a once classy resort will do its reputation no favours,” said the Wakefield man.

“Scarborough is not the Blackpool of the East Coast and should not head in that direction.”

The council conservation officer said that they have no objection in principle to the mural, which they claim has the potential to “enhance” the area.